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Flushing merchant sold counterfeit goods: DA

JAMAICA — A merchant was convicted Friday of selling nearly $75,000 worth of counterfeit handbags, wallets, sunglasses and other clothing accessories, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Hong Wu, 43, of 134−20 57th Road in Flushing, faces up to four years in prison Feb. 27 for trademark counterfeiting, said Brown. Brown said the woman sold phony logos of Coach, Chanel and Gucci goods from her stall on 163−19 Jamaica Ave. A police search of the business on May 11, 2007, discovered hundreds of the counterfeit goods, according to the DA.

“Operations such as that run by the defendant fuel an underground economy. They are cash businesses that pay no taxes and rip off both the consumer and the industry by foisting inferior products into the marketplace,” he said in a statement. “Such unauthorized products, which often come from offshore, steal jobs from American workers and revenue from American manufacturers.”

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